2016 New This Week Archive Stories

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  • Artist Sharon Jackman's "Moonrise" By: Sam Dunn
    The artist: Sharon Jackman’s first career was in modern dance, which proved to be the perfect training for her next artistic medium, ceramics. “The physicality of the work has similarities to the dance. Throwing porcelain on the wheel demands strength, concentration and coordination. I use yoga breathing principles to produce
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • John Grossman’s Sun Valley By: Rosemary McClure | Photography by Zuma Press, Shutterstock
    Gary Cooper, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe helped put Sun Valley, Idaho, on the map decades ago. The ski town, blessed with a stunning natural location, is still popular with Hollywood’s glitterati. That makes a lot of sense to Laguna Beach fan John Grossman, who loves to brag about Sun Valley, where he grew up. “I may be biased, bu
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Essay: A Connecticut Yankee in Orange County By: Erin Almond | illustration by Chris Morris
    When I moved to Orange County in 2004 to study fiction at UC Irvine, I brought with me certain ideas about California, especially its southern half. A lifelong New Englander, my views on the Golden State had been shaped by TV shows like “Baywatch,” and an unfortunate obsession with late-’80s hair-metal bands. I envisioned bouga
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Sweet on Cupid By: Jenn Tanaka | Photography by Ralph Palumbo
    BLK Earth Sea Spirits is known for two things: succulent Wagyu-grade steaks and resplendent views of Huntington Beach. I had promised dinner guests a sunset spectacle with shimmering hues, but Mother Nature intended something else that evening: As we curved along old Highway 1, the wind began whipping up and a layer of fog enveloped the car.
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Fortunate Foods By: Jenn Tanaka
    While most of the world counted down the new year in December, February 8 is the time to celebrate for those from several Asian countries. Festivals, parades and vibrant red attire start the party, but the best part of the Lunar New Year is the eating. Freshen UpEat your way into an auspicious new year with a seasonal fruit.
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Seafood Paella from Vaca By: Steve Bramucci | Photography by Ralph Palumbo
    Step into the kitchen at Vaca – the most anticipated Orange County restaurant in years – and you’ll see that chef Amar Santana takes his stock very seriously. Two enormous pots boil side by side. One is filled with giant beef and veal femurs; the other is piled high with lobster bodies and fish bones. They simmer for hours &nda
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Bernadette Peters Sings from the Heart By: Sam Dunn | photography by Andrew Eccles
    Orange County is getting something red and hot and as sweet as can be, just in time for Valentine’s Day: Bernadette Peters, who’s not your usual box of chocolates. The dazzling, 5-foot-nothing diva — who has won three Tony awards in a Broadway career that began in the ’60s — joins Pacific Symphony February 1
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Think Pink By: Alene Dawson
    Valentine’s season is not just a time of roses in the form of beautiful bouquets, but a time to embrace rose as a color. The color experts at Pantone chose rose quartz (plus a blue called serenity) as their color of the year, noting a cultural craving for compassion, relaxation and connection without the bombardment of addictive electronic
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Acura Revives the NSX in an all-new package By: Steve Irsay | Photography courtesy of Acura
    Simple, sensible, dependable, comfortable and made in Japan – the original Acura NSX was everything a supercar wasn’t when it burst onto the automotive scene 25 years ago. It was that iconoclastic concoction – bolstered by bona fide performance capabilities – that made the low-slung wedge one of the most beloved supercars
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • It's Definitely his Nature BY DAVID FERRELL | photography Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films
    Greg MacGillivray was the type of youngster who took on projects. He built a go-kart. He set up a home darkroom. When he was 13, his parents gave him a Kodak 8 mm camera, and he began shooting short films and showing them to his friends in Corona del Mar. “I loved doing that,” MacGillivray, 70, remembers. “I loved the c
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Greg MacGillivray, Master documentary director By: Coast Staff | photography by Bill Alkofer and Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films
    Greg MacGillivray was the type of youngster who took on projects. He built a go-kart. He set up a home darkroom. When he was 13, his parents gave him a Kodak 8 mm camera, and he began shooting short films and showing them to his friends in Corona del Mar. “I loved doing that,” MacGillivray, 70, remembers. “I loved the c
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • Martin A. Brower's "Along the Coast" By: Martin A. Brower
    Village could replace RV lotA pedestrian-oriented waterfront village and a highly contemporary restaurant and marina complex are planned for two sites in Newport Beach, where Bayside Drive intersects with East Coast Highway just south of the bridge over Upper Newport Bay. The waterfront village, called Back Bay Landing, stil
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • Sea to Table By: Terence Loose
    Stephanie Mutz holds a master’s degree in marine ecology. But unlike most of her peers, Mutz does not spend her days working for nonprofits, conducting research or teaching marine preservation. As California’s only female urchin diver, she spends them underwater, gathering sea urchins, or uni. Not for study, but for food. A t
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • Swept Away By: Coast Staff | photography by Bill Alkofer
    For the past 14 New Year’s Eves, Christopher and Ann Crabtree have returned to the sands of Laguna Beach to renew the promises they made to each other on their wedding day. Denver is their home, Santa Fe, New Mexico is the town where they married, but “Laguna Beach is our romance place,” Christopher says. The sweetheart
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • The Coast 50: They Influence and Inspire By: Coast Staff
    Let’s just get this out of the way, in case you’re wondering how we did it: It wasn’t easy, picking the 50 with clout. Across every field of endeavor, so many of the people who choose to live here are the kind of people who make things happen. Philanthropic. Artistic. Athletic. Entrepreneurial. Political. Environmental. Bold. J
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • The Pacific Symphony By: Diane Haithman | Photography by Nick Koon
    A year ago, 29-year-old bass trombonist Kyle Mendiguchia would have jumped on a plane to audition for a respected midsize orchestra such as Kansas City Symphony. Unlike his current position with Orange County’s Pacific Symphony, the Kansas City, Missouri, orchestra is a  full-time job – the goal of most musicians aspiring to joi
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • 5 Exhilarating and innovative ways to get your exercise on By: Noelle Medina | Pedego photography by Nick Agro
    Wouldn’t it be great if the New Year’s song went, “Should old resolutions be forgot?” If you’re anything like the millions of other Americans, your resolutions probably involve maintaining a healthy lifestyle in 2016. Maybe you pledged the same thing in 2015 and 2014, and maybe you weren’t as successful as you
    Thu Dec 24, 2015
  • Audi races into 2016 with potent performers that keep drivers in mind By: Steve Irsay | Photography courtesy of Audi
    Looking at the latest and greatest from the haus of Audi, it’s hard not to feel a little left out. That’s because the German luxury automaker continues to tout the prowess of its autonomous “piloted driving” program. In November, the latest iteration of the company’s self-driving RS 7 sedan piloted itself to a
    Thu Dec 24, 2015
  • Essay: When Things Fall Apart By: Shanna Mahin | illustration by Chris Morris
    I’m a huge fan of looking younger/brighter/better through chemistry and surgery, but Botox has up and quit on me. Now all it does is raise my eyebrows like I’m Jack Nicholson or like I’m perpetually shocked (which I’m sure I would be if I were suddenly Jack Nicholson). I’m not happy about it, which you can cle
    Thu Dec 24, 2015
  • Face it: Time for a Lift? By: Shelly Levitt
    Around the time that a Long Beach X-ray technician turned 50, she began seeing her dermatologist twice a year for strategic poking and plumping. A couple of dozen units of the neurotoxin Botox to reduce the furrows in her forehead and the crow’s feet around her eyes, a syringe or two of the filler Juvederm to pad the parentheses, or nasola
    Thu Dec 24, 2015
  • Lindsey Ueberroth’s Hong Kong By: Rosemary McClure
    Beyond the glass and steel of Hong Kong’s soaring skyline are ancient traditions, amazing cuisine and a dynamic cultural scene that’s a feast for the senses. It’s one of Lindsey Ueberroth’s favorite places – and that’s impressive, considering that the travel exec has visited more than 100 countries. “Hon
    Thu Dec 24, 2015
  • Martin A. Brower's "Along the Coast" By: Martin A. Brower and Nancy Luna
    HERE COMES ANOTHER LUXURY HOTELA new ocean-facing luxury hotel will open on the Orange County coast in the spring with completion of the eight-story, 250-room Pasea Hotel and Spa rising on Pacific Coast Highway near First Street in Huntington Beach. Located next to the just-opened Pacific City retail center, Pasea will join Pacific
    Thu Dec 24, 2015
  • Oysters on the Half Shell with Champagne Mignonette By: Steve Bramucci | Photography by Ralph Palumbo
    People still get weird about oysters. “They’re too slimy!” “Too mucous-y!” “Too fishy!”At times, any of these complaints might indeed be true. But the secret, which oyster lovers know and oyster haters don’t, is that each of these complaints is only ever valid when referring to bad oysters.
    Thu Dec 24, 2015
  • Sandra Tsing Loh’s Menopause-alooza By: Sam Dunn | photography by ben gibbs
    Warning: No attempt at journalistic objectivity is being made in the following article. The reason is because the woman featured has been one of my closest, call-at-4-a.m. girlfriends since we were in our 20s, married to musicians (whom we later divorced). I did OK, but she got pretty famous, a fact for which I still have not forgiven her. And s
    Thu Dec 24, 2015
  • The Day Spa cocktail - a healthy highball By: Jenn Tanaka | Photography Ralph Palumbo
    When I went looking for a cocktail to feature for January, I wanted something that went along with all our health and wellness resolutions. With that in mind, I tasted drinks infused with Buckthorn oil, a vinegary offering laced with Kombucha and enough skinny margaritas to make me wonder if I would ever remember what a real margarita tastes lik
    Thu Dec 24, 2015